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Status Hearing Set for 3 Accused of 2011 Murder in River Forest

Ex-cop Devin Bickham Sr., his son Devin Ardell Bickham and Cardell Taylor to appear at Maybrook Courthouse on Oct. 11.

A status hearing is set for next week in the case of three men—one a former North Chicago police officer—who are accused of plotting and killing a 29-year-old Chicago woman in a River Forest parking lot in 2011.

The hearing for Devin Bickham Sr., and his son Devin Ardell Bickham and Cardell Taylor is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 11 in Room 105 of the Cook County Courthouse in Maybrook. The judge will be Noreen Valena Love.

It is uncertain if a trial date will be set at that time.

The three are still being held without bond in Cook County Jail.

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Bickham Sr. and his son Bickham, both of Chicago, and Blue Island resident Cardell Taylor were charged last July 14 with plotting the murder of Chervon Monique Alexander in a parking lot in Priory Park on July 11, 2011.

Each was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. Included was a charge of murder in exchange for money.

Authorities said Bickham Sr., a former North Chicago police officer, offered Taylor $400 if he would kill Alexander. During a preliminary hearing, Cook County State's Attorney Maureen O'Brien told the court the older Bickham had been planning the crime for some time as a way of getting out his relationship with her.

O'Brien told the court that the older Bickham and Alexander drove to a parking lot at the northeast corner of Division Street and Bonnie Brae Place, a spot they'd been to before. His alleged accomplices were in another car a block away. After getting a text message from the older Bickham, Taylor came to the car and shot Alexander several times.

After the shooting, which took place around 10:20 p.m. in a darkened parking lot shared by River Forest and Dominican University's Priory Campus, the older Bickham called police and pretended to be a witness to the shooting, O'Brien said. 

The younger Bickham and Taylor were apprehended by Forest Park police roughly a mile from the crime scene. Alexander died around 11 p.m. at Loyola University Medical Center.

It was the first homicide in River Forest since 2005.

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